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Turner presents program on black Appalachia Sept. 29

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 29, 2011

William Turner, distinguished professor of Appalachian studies and regional ambassador from Berea College, will present a program as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 29, at Lees-McRae College in the Carson Library on the Banner Elk campus.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Turner will share his experiences and insights as Southern Appalachia’s premier scholar of black Appalachia.

Born in Lynch, Ky., Turner pioneered the study of African-Americans in Appalachia. Turner’s mentor at the University of Kentucky where he received his B.A. degree in 1968 was John Stephenson, whom the lecture series celebrates.

Turner proceeded to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. His book, “Blacks in Appalachia” published in 1985, is a seminal work in the field.

Turner has had a distinguished career as a professor, researcher and administrator at several colleges and universities, and is in demand as a speaker on Appalachia and African-American culture.

“Dr. Bill Turner is a unique voice in Appalachian scholarship. He is an excellent speaker, as well as scholar,” said Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. “His personal experience, his writings and his wide acquaintance throughout Southern Appalachia provide an illuminating perspective on black Appalachia. We invite everyone to join us for this important program.”

Turner’s lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call Meghan Wright at (828) 898-8729.

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